Juicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Juicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime AleJuicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Heavy Melon

Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.

Added by superspak on 12-27-2015

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Ratings: 685 |  Reviews: 154
Reviews by goblue3509:
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3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - yup, just uttering the name of this watermelon and lime-flavoured brew evokes the Judas Priest tune 'Heavy Metal' in my brain's wiring.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some splendid cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly and lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, subtle generic citrus notes, an even more ethereal watermelon rind green thing, and some further toasted graininess. The taste is yeah, watermelon - both the pithy rind and the sweet flesh - grainy and crackery pale and caramel malt, a still muddled and plain citrusy character, some cucumber/carrot light vegetal joint, and very gentle leafy, herbal, and grassy hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly light and innocuous in its clipped frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a small fruit and/or vegetal pithiness taking the sheen off of the proceedings here. It finishes trending dry, the graininess starting to wither, and the watermelon seeming like it was left just a wee bit too long on the vine.

Overall, I gotta say that New Belgium succeeded with this offering, in the sense that it appears to be very difficult to have that flavour persist through the brewing process, based on almost every other watermelon beer that I have encountered (counted on one hand, of course). Quite refreshing, and worthy of summertime patio/backyard BBQ and 19th hole excursions alike.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 mi) bottle into a Weissbier glass; listed as "Enjoy by 16 July 2017."
A: Pours a clear, very dark golden color with a foamy (>one inch) head, very strong retention and lacing.
S: Bouquet includes fresh grass and melon. A little spicy.
T: Taste includes a distinct watermelon flavor with a light toastiness and a citrusy destined. Minimally bitter.
M: Light bodied; good persistence of carbonation. Crisp, tart finish.
O: Interesting and different. Definitely a refreshing summer option.

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Photo of tone77
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit unusual, kind of musty, light grains. Taste is grains, lime some salt, light watermelon. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is by far the worst beer of the many I have tried from this brewery.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavy Melon has a thick, off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, a few stray bubbles, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of light malt and a touch of fruit. Taste is of the same, with no lime detected, but lots of water detected. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Heavy Melon finishes medium dry.


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Photo of beerguy04
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours as a golden color with a finger and a half white head. Smells of watermelon, grainy, and a slight hint of lime. Taste is a watery watermelon. Mouthfeel is bitter and watery. Overall, expected more from this brewery.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Heavy Melon pours a hazy honey amber color with hills of pasty lacing.

Aromas of basic lager smells, with caramel malts, orange rinds, and butterscotch.

Comes off like a watered down diet soda, with a remainder of wet cantaloupe on the finish. I don't know what these guys were thinking at the brewery, but it's very unremarkable. So much of that club soda cracker flavor and mineral water/diet soda...it's just so blah.

Feel is very carbonated, and that is pretty much it. Just a touch of paste on the finish.

It's easy enough to finish, but it just tastes like salty, rhiny water. Nothing much here to look back on.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
1.62/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

If New Belgium isn't one of the worst, most disappointing breweries out there, I'm going to need someone to tell me what is. This swill is no better than a mass produced domestic beer. Flavorless, gritty, and indistinguishably bland.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Turbo
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is watermelon and tart lime that fades quickly.

The flavor is biscuity malt with some watermelon and a little lime and a little vegetable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I don't care for the malt and the fruit flavors are muddled. If it tasted like it smelled it would be better.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, dark gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is lime zest, watermelon, and lemony hops. Medium bodied and a mix of sweet and bitter. Not a bad beer, but there are several watermelon forward beers that I prefer. Worth a try but will not be picking this one up again.

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Photo of ledouge
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of pulphead
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold color. Light aromas of sweet watermelon and light lime. Light watermelon flavours with a hint of grainy malt and a lime zest finish. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of tiitomireles
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Juicy Watermelon by New Belgium Brewing Company at On The Water With Danger Charters 6/29/17

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Photo of pat61
3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Heavy Melon pours bright amber gold under a thin, quickly dissolving foam cap with active stream of bubbles quickly rising from the bottom of the glass. Has a musty, grainy, citrus, melon aroma. The palate starts lightly sweet with lime and melon over a light malt background. It gets a little tart with a lime and melon finish and just a touch of watermelon astringency. There is a balance between the lime and the malt that backs it off from becoming too much like alcopop. The medium light to medium malt presence and the medium light hop flavors and bitterness remind the drinker that this is indeed a beer. Heavy Melon is light and refreshing with above average carbonation. It is an interesting and very drinkable beer but not one I would go out of my way to order.

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Photo of juicebox
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Juicy Watermelon Watermelon Lime Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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